March 28, 2008
Bolivar, Mo. — A Georgia woman involved in the online identity theft of a Bolivar resident’s personal information that was then used to purchase more than $3,000 worth of electronic equipment was sentenced today to four years in prison. Attorney General Jay Nixon and Polk County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Davolt prosecuted the charge of identity theft against Diane Elaine Johnson, of Savannah. The Bolivar Police Department assisted with the case.
Johnson (DOB – 8/15/68) pleaded guilty on Jan. 24 after she admitted to receiving three digital cameras worth $3,637 that were purchased online using the victim’s personal information. Johnson then shipped the merchandise to a home in south Florida. Nixon said the victim was not out any money because of the identity theft.
Associate Circuit Judge Don Cheever today sentenced Johnson to four years in the Department of Corrections. The judge suspended execution of the sentence and placed her on five years supervised probation.
Nixon reminded Missourians that they can reduce the possibility of identity theft by following several precautions: